MJ Public Domain Countdown

By fi5e (hong kong)

MJ Public Domain Countdown
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The monument is a digital display which counts down to the moment when all of Michael Jacksons’ creative content will enter the public domain. In 70 years when the clock reaches zero it will play Billy Jean on loud speakers, making it the first time the song is played free of copyright.  An online version of the countdown can be seen here. The monument is not location specific, and could be adapted to other venues.



Jury Comments:



"Concise, pointed, political, can be put up anywhere. And makes the point that what we ought to be remembering is the music first and the pets and the ranch and the dangled infants much further down the line. MJ for the people. Nice."
- Christopher Hawthorne


"The music is the memorial, the access is the tribute. Well played."
- Michael Bierut


"Its an interesting idea that the death of an artist triggers the activation of legally defined timeframe. In the UK, there is a unique exception to the usual term of copyright for the work of J.M. Barry - the author of Peter Pan. His royalties are collected in perpetuity by Great Ormand Street Childrens Hospital - which suggests that the conceptual frameworks of ownership of artistic material can be the site of creative speculation. The marking of the moment when MJs work passes into public domain is a significant recognition - a kind of intellectual property public/private threshold. The countdown acts as a gateway to a moment when MJs work becomes a kind of shared public space."
- Sam Jacob


"Somewhere deep inside Casio there's an engineer embedding a secret countdown timer in every digital watch that leaves the factory floor. Time, the enemy of most proper monuments, is here rendered as medium and message. A billboard, sure, a website, why not? Let's remember this one in 70 years."
- Bryan Boyer


"We'd like to see this one happen. Or is it already happening? Are we all counting down?"
- Heather Ring


"Billie jean is not my lover- Shes just a girl who claims that I am the one- But the kid is not my son- She says I am the one, but the kid is not my son / Reminds me a big billboard i saw in Houston advertising a DNA testing Company with a slogan: "Who is the Father?" http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/sexandrelationships/affairs/200324.html it also reminds me those billboards of 'how many people died today eating Mc Donald's burgers and how many served.' Very uncertain in seventy years when most of us will be well over century old, but worth the wait for a free download..."
- Orhan Ayyüce



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Gold print MJ t-shirt by With Bare Hands
$500 cash
Complete Michael Jackson's Essentials (4 Parts) iTunes Package


Foreverland

By PYT & Associates (California)

Foreverland
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A gold-plated wind turbine powers an interactively-lit dance floor and speaker system. Michael Jackson’s music plays day and night for the fans that congregate in these remote sand flats.



Jury Comments



"Remote, self-generating power. Plus bling. It works for me."
- Michael Bierut


"MB's right that this one has necessary bling; and in combining that shine with remoteness, gets rights at heart of something essential about MJ... Suggests gold-plated solitude when empty, but also could be place for communal activity. Bonus points for stripping out the messiness of other entries."
- Christopher Hawthorne


"I've always been drawn to this entry. I love the idea of a remote dance-party destination monument."
- Paul Petrunia



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Prizes:
Silver print MJ t-shirt by With Bare Hands
$250 cash
Michael Jackson's Essentials (The Basics) iTunes Package


Share Your Bed

By James (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Share Your Bed
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This monument embodies a holistic reflection on Jackson’s life. While on trial for child molestation charges Jackson said:“Why can’t you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone. It’s very charming. It’s very sweet. It’s what the whole world should do”. The quote implies the dialectic manner Michael lived life by. Innocence clashes with social ideals amidst the future buildings of the Jackson Casino in Las Vegas, sharing Jackson’s personal bed with the world.



Jury Comments



"The way an ordinary domestic object is transformed into a site which is full both of a desire for universal love and something much more problematic is clever. This casts the bed as a public social space, at odds with our normal understanding of its significance."
- Sam Jacob


"One of the few entries to tackle the idea of behind-closed-doors MJ head on, and further does with a kind of cheeky minimalism that seems entirely appropriate. If we want the memorial to take on the full scope of MJ's superstar/reclusive/shady persona, this might be the one..."
- Christopher Hawthorne


"Gives form to a simple and moving statement from a complicated persona ..."
- Heather Ring


"Yep. It is time to back to basics... What is wrong with sleeping with somebody you don't f... with. In fact, I would suggest it they put another but opposite one in front of a famous Hollywood artist agency to show the world it is not always the same use. Wait. Could this be a decoy and be very cynical? I just cut down a pointage... 8 to 7. You know how Utah killed California's gay marriage aspirations."
- Orhan Ayyüce



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3rd PRIZE

Prizes:
Bronze print MJ t-shirt by With Bare Hands
$100 cash




OFF THE WALL

PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Prize:
Glow-in-the-dark print MJ t-shirt by With Bare Hands


Pretty Young Things (Honorable Mentions)

DEUS EX MACHINA

By Christoph Kapeller (Los Angeles)

In the middle of a desert, not easy to find, there silently lays a platform of exquisite stone with a silver button. Once pressed, there comes an explosion of smoke and thunderous music. He materializes, larger than life, animated before our eyes, we feel his presence just as the music and plume of smoke slowly fade and dissolve to silence. Pushed again he reappears with another selection from his epic musical canon. Thousands gather, waiting with youthful glee to push the button and enliven him. It is pressed again and again, as long as there…

DEUS EX MACHINA
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Soltitude

By Lewis (NY)

The Monument Concept:
Michael Jackson was miserable-he wanted is to be himself and to live his life (and help others). He was wrong, once reaching top charts, it was impossible to do (see Elvis). Now he belonged to his listeners, the media, the world.
To be left alone, be himself – this is my wish for him.
Location:
The area were the statue of Liberty resides, should become a memorial ocean park. The statue of Liberty belongs to the world, and so Michael Jackson’s music, the king of pop.

Soltitude
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Healing the world, one cell at the time.

By monocultured (Gothenburg)

This electron microscope image shows a MJ–Ganglia assembly releasing nanobots which are disintegrating the membrane of a cancerous pyramidal neurone. The cancerous neurone is coloured red, with the MJGa and the released nanobots are blue.

Healing the world, one cell at the time.
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The Michael Jackson Memorial Orphanage & Hospice

By sstutter (london)

The ‘Michael Jackson Memorial Orphanage and Hospice’ is a place where love conquers all.  This is a place where children without hope can reach out a desperate hand and be greeted by the king of pop’s glory.  The children arrive in the friendliest of ambulances and they spend their days at the fairground of unrivalled joy.  The legend lives on as he waits for them but not before fulfilling their dreams within the luxury care home and secluded surroundings of peace and tranquillity.

The Michael Jackson Memorial Orphanage & Hospice
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FOREVERLAND RANCH

By timn186 (Cincinnati)

FOREVERLAND RANCH


The scale and depth of the public outcry following Michael Jackson’s tragic and untimely death occurred in a manner befitting the celebrity; it was loud, it was global, and it made the news again and again.

We propose to commemorate the life of such an icon in a similarly appropriate way. The only way to celebrate the legacy of a super star is to in fact create a super star, a permanent and public Never Land Ranch planet. At Foreverland Ranch, all of the children of the world can become young at heart…

FOREVERLAND RANCH
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Man on the Moon: The Transforming Monument.  By: Mark Baechler &  Neeraj Bhatia

By nbhatia (toronto)

Hovering between the lime-light and shadows, earth and outer space, and black and white – Michael requires a monument to embrace the polarities of his character. Two ‘Moonwalker’ robots simultaneously etch Michael onto the moon’s surface & Meteor Crater (Arizona). ‘Earth Michael’ is wrapped by a circular ramp that carves through the craters walls and leads to an observation platform. The same moon that transformed Michael in Thriller is now a transforming global monument to our beloved pop icon.

Man on the Moon: The Transforming Monument.  By: Mark Baechler &  Neeraj Bhatia
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The Michael Jackson Mitten Jamboree

By C U P (blacksburg)

As part of a worldwide DIY memorial, we introduce the Michael Jackson Memorial Mitten. Individuals can knit their own “mitten memorial”, as a celebration of the fashion icon himself. Using metallic yarns and inspired by MJ’s personal style, we embellish the mitten with his initials.

The Michael Jackson Mitten Jamboree
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Change the World

By jcrabb (USA)

This Michael Jackson Memorial embodies all that was Michael Jackson and allows his memory to live on for everyone to enjoy.  The memorial is a circular mirror that is 18,563 feet in diameter representing the number of days he spent on this planet.  It will orbit the earth with the sun, continuously reflecting the earth’s image.  Everyone will be able to look up in awe and remember the philosophies behind many of his songs, such as ‘Man in the Mirror’, ‘We are the World’ and ‘Change the World’.…

Change the World
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Vacuous Tears

By dawid pol (nyc)

Vacuous Tears questions society’s fascination with Celebrity rather than extolling a specific man. We propose a void with glass test tubes spaced apart on a 1x1 ft grid running the length of the space.  We encourage fans to send individual test tubes filled with their tears for MJ. Without followers, Celebrity is but an empty artifice. Our proposal celebrates the follower by exposing the devotion each individual has to a Celebrity but, also questions the power behind their tears.

Vacuous Tears
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King of Pop in Orbit

By etoile (Paris FRANCE)

King of Pop in Orbit
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